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Family Involvement in Children's Education - October 1997

Educational Resources and Information Center (ERIC)
Information Related to School-Family Partnerships

ERIC is an ED-sponsored national education information network of clearinghouses responsible for developing, maintaining, and providing access to the world's largest education literature database. To access information, topical packages, and referrals on specific educational practices, research, and resources, contact:
1600 Research Boulevard, 5F, Rockville, MD 20850–3172
PHONE: (301) 251-5789
FAX: (301) 309–2084
E-MAIL: acceric@ed.gov
GOPHER: aspensys3.aspensys.com:70/11/education/eric
URL: http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/Home.portal
DIRECTOR: Lynn Smart, Information Specialist

ERIC clearinghouses include 16 contractors from the academic and not-for-profit sectors. Each is responsible for collecting the significant educational literature within their particular scope of interest area (e.g., family literacy), selecting the highest quality and most relevant material, processing (i.e., cataloging indexing, abstracting) the selected items for input to the database, and also for synthesizing the literature and providing information analysis products (e.g., Digests) and various user services.

The National Parent Information Network. The National Parent Information Network (NPIN) is a project of the ERIC Clearinghouse system. The NPIN is an Internet-based information network for parents, and for organizations and individuals who support parents. Those services include:

For more information about NPIN, contact:

ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Children's Research Center
51 Getty Drive
Champaign, IL 61820-7469
Telephone: (217) 333-1386
Toll Free: (800) 583-4135
Fax: (217) 333-3767
E-mail: ericeece@uiuc.edu
The National Parent Information Network: http://npin.org
ERIC/EECE: http://ericps.crc.uiuc.edu/ericeece.html

Another clearinghouse that offers information specifically related to elementary and secondary school-family partnerships is:

ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication (CS)
Indiana University
Smith Research Center, Suite 150
2805 East 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47408–2698
Telephone: (812) 855–5847
Toll Free: (800) 759–4723
Fax: (812) 855–4220
E-mail: ericcs@ucs.indiana.edu

A Family Literacy Center, offering both materials and
workshops to parents and teachers, includes such topics as:

  • Making parents feel welcome in school
  • Giving parents easy ways to help their children
  • Showing teachers how to benefit by involving parents
  • Fulfilling parent involvement mandates

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